Over 20 million adults in the U.S. are currently living with sleep apnea. While the symptoms of sleep apnea tend to differ between men and women, it is still a condition that is associated with equally serious health consequences for everyone. Here is a look at snoring and sleep apnea in women and how sleep issues may differ based upon your gender.

What are the differences?

It is important to note the overarching distinctions in sleep patterns between men and women starting with hormonal differences. In part, hormonal differences appear to play a role in sleep patterns, while anatomical differences can also play a role in this area. Women are more likely than men to experience insomnia, depression and daytime fatigue. They also benefit from more deep sleep than men do. Because women’s circadian cycles typically run slightly shorter than men’s, females tend to fall asleep and wake up earlier.

One area that men and women don’t really differ from each other in is snoring. Both men and women snore, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Chronic snoring, unfortunately, can often be an indicator of sleep apnea. With the causes of snoring varying from person-to-person, it is important to have your symptoms evaluated by a sleep specialist in order to determine whether you have sleep apnea or not. From there, Dr. Sara can establish a proper treatment plan with oral appliance therapy.

Individualized diagnosis and treatment

There are many factors that contribute to sleep apnea and treatment will vary based on the individual. It is important to note that women of all ages can suffer from this disorder. The best way to find out if you are at risk is to speak with Dr. Sara or a sleep physician. With proper diagnosis, a treatment plan can be created.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Sara at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions in North Scottsdale for more information. Proper diagnosis and treatment planning can help to prevent further complications in your health and well-being.